BJs and Beaches

 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 022015

Except for the first couple of days we were here in Florence, most of the time it has been cold, with a lot of clouds and fog. Since we were spending so much time here at home getting the most recent issue of the Gypsy Journal in the mail, and then dealing with the leaks in our water system, it wasn’t a big deal. But now that we have all of that behind us, it needs to warm up, darn it. I want to get out and play! I’ve got miles of beach and good wind most days, and kites that need flying. Let’s get with the program.

Two things I enjoy as much as kites are good food and good people, and we got to have both yesterday. Our friends Doug and Julie Livingston just finished a volunteer gig at South Beach State Park near Newport and were headed south toward Bandon and they stopped on their way through town to have lunch with us.

We went to the Kozy Kitchen and had a nice meal while we talked about their experiences as volunteers, our mutual RV travels, and travel plans for the future. Here is a picture our waitress took of us that I stole from Julie’s Facebook page. We look forward to seeing them again in our travels.


After we parted company with Doug and Julie, we spent an hour or two prowling around some of the antique shops in town, stopped at Safeway to pick up some things and then came home.

We’ve noticed an ice cream shop called BJs, which advertised 48 different flavors, and about 6:30 we drove back into town to check it out. They make the ice cream at a plant right behind the store, and to say it was delicious would be an understatement. It’s 14.5 percent butterfat and I think I gained a pound just sampling the selection of flavors before I settled on bittersweet triple chocolate. Our only regret is that we waited so long to try it and wasted nearly two weeks!

BJs small

Every afternoon a heavy fog bank rolls in off the ocean, and when we left BJs we drove a few miles north on U.S. 101 to a couple of viewpoints.

Beach view small

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There is driftwood everywhere you look around here, and I’m sure there is an artist somewhere that could put it to good use. Then again, it looks pretty nice where it is, too.

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When our travels through the Pacific Northwest are over we plan to go back to Arizona to have Christmas with Terry’s parents and sister. Then we are heading to Florida. But I’m wishing we were going to be there in October, because John and Kathy Huggins from Living the RV Dream are hosting their first Living the RV Dream Gathering at the Horseshoe Cove RV Resort in Bradenton, October 21st to 25th. They are putting together a great event that includes lots of fun and some education, too. The program will feature Jim and Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour, Eric and Tami Johnson of TechnoRV, Greg Gerber, editor of the RV Daily Report and Let’s RV, and Al Hesselbart, former historian at the RV Hall of Fame. And John and Kathy will also be giving a few seminars. For more information, contact John and Kathy at

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of John and Kathy Huggins’ So, You Want to be a Full-Time RVer? To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.


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  2 Responses to “BJs and Beaches”

  1. For a good lunch or dinner go to Ungers floating restaurant in Winchester Bay…..:)

  2. I must say Nick, the title of your blog will surely draw some interest!

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